The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The major enjoyment of the film comes not from the experiment but its gentle meditations on belonging, loneliness, family, love and the nature of cultural, sexual and emotional boundaries. In addition, curiously, it's beautifully acted.
The cardinal sin of this kind of movie, however, is to be boring. Cuarón Jr does not commit it.
There are moments of self-indulgence but, overall, Cuarón Sr. should be proud.
A charming and intimate photo album of the imagination in which time and memory, though up to all their usual tricks, still offer snapshots of a singular truth.
The way that thoughts and images slip and slide over each other is inspired. If only the characters were slightly less emotionally monosyllabic.
Agreeably short, but it's hard to overlook that it's only a parade of still images. A film, certainly, but not quite a movie.
Executive produced by his father and proving that talent is not hereditary, this ill-advised bit of showing off from Jonás Cuarón is exactly what you get when artistic parents indulge their offspring.
Paradoxes, riddles, exchanges; apocalypses of the mind and heart. This tender, funny, constantly surprising film is the debut of the year.
The story, about a Mexican boy's overheated crush on an American student, is indescribably banal and amateurishly acted.
Año Uña feels like a calling card from a promising talent - but, as with a summer romance, it's not built to last.
The fact that the film unfolds entirely in still photographs may seem excessively arthouse, but this is a surprisingly engaging, impressively directed and ultimately moving coming-of-age drama.
A unique film, unlike any other this viewer has seen. The entire story is told with black and white still photographs and voice-over dialog. This was captivating as it told the story of a young, horny, fourteen year-old Mexican boy and the college-age Gringa that he becomes infatuated with over the course of a few months. The relationship that develops remains platonic, but only because neither truly knows what the other is thinking. At times it felt like a commentary on the cultural divide between two people from different backgrounds, and at other times it felt more like a straightforward coming of age tale. But it always kept the viewer's interest.
The second the narration starts, you just completely forget you are watching still photographs for 70+ minutes. The story is so extremely simple, but executed with such lovely, funny, sweet and touching characters that you can't help but fall in love; it was a will-they-or-won't-they anxiety I was very happy to be going through. I can't describe the movie anything better than pure enjoyment all the way through.
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